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The Sapporo High Court ruled Friday that the disparity in the weight of votes in July’s Upper House election was “in a state of unconstitutionality” but dismissed a demand that the result in the Hokkaido race be nullified.

It was the third ruling among 14 similar lawsuits filed with high courts across Japan by groups of lawyers who say disparities of up to 4.77-fold in the July 21 Upper House election violate the equal-protection clause under the Constitution, and thus the results should be invalidated.

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